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Let the Traditions Begin

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Tomorrow is Dec 1st and I am knee deep in getting all the count downs and activities ready for it. Here are a few of our must have traditions!


Unwrap and Read One Christmas Book a Night

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One of our favorite traditions is unwrapping a Christmas book every night to read before bed. I put 24 books wrapped and ready under the tree the night before the 1st of December, the kids get so super excited about them the next morning. They are always the first gifts under the tree so that helps. We’ve actually accumulated about 15 Christmas related books that we own and I reserve the rest at the library to pick up and have ready. I kind of like that better because then they get to read several “new” books.

 

Advent Calender

Every year since we’ve had kids that can walk we do some sort of advent calendar and every day the kids get to do something related to the season such as baking cookies for someone, making ornaments, watch Christmas movies, go and pick out a new ornament for the year, buy gifts for someone, help wrap gifts, visit Santa, make crafts, go look at lights, etc etc etc. Usually I incorporate the bible story about baby Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas into our everyday advent calendar but I’m changing it up a bit this year. Stay tuned;). Our calendars look different every year. Last year I used a mini muffin pan as you can see in pic below…. (sorry it’s fuzzy.)

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And this year I’m going totally homemade again but pretty different. I am finishing it up tonight so will post an updated photo later. I love love love homemade advent calendars.

Felt Christmas Tree

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Pretty much self explanatory and sooo simple but it’s one of my kids favorite things to do. We put it up on the 1st and they decorate it over and over again. Don’t judge my cut job, totally wish I had more of an OCD personality but nadda!

7 Days Before Christmas Bible Story and Nativity.

Last but not least, this is something totally new but now that my kids are a little older (at least my biggest) and their attention span has a little more depth to it we wanted to incorporate more focus on the Bible Christmas story.

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The last 7 days leading up to Christmas they will open a box and add to the nativity scene. There is an add on and also a story from the bible to read so by Christmas morning the nativity will be complete and the story will be told. So excited about this new addition to our festivities. I really hope the kids get excited about it too. This is what Christmas is all about folks!:)

So that’s that, we have a few other traditions here and there, pajamas on Christmas Eve and a Christmas morning breakfast table but for the most part that’s the bulk of it and we are so excited to begin!

Here’s to a month of Merry Celebrations!

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Adopting a Family for Christmas

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“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Just a little reminder to get signed up with a local charity, donation or adoption service in your area for the holidays.

The first few years of having kids my husband and I went way overboard on Christmas presents for them. I’ve realized in the last year or so that they have way too many toys and while we try to teach them to be giving and to be happy for the things they already have without wanting and wanting and wanting more, we struggle because they already have so much so why wouldn’t they be happy? This year we are changing things up a bit. They have picked 3 toys each from their rooms to donate to children in need. Luckily we didn’t have to force them to do this, they were more than happy to once they heard that there are lots of kids who don’t get presents for Christmas. They were devastated by the thought.

We’ve also decided to cut Christmas in half. By doing this it allows us to give more in other ways. My book club, The Pageturners, are adopting a family for Christmas and by cutting our family Christmas down I’m able to give more than I would have been any other year. We are going through a local church and charity service and have already talked with the mother of our adoptive family. I am here to encourage all of you to do what you can and give to those in need. If you aren’t able to give then go and serve at your local soup kitchen and take your kids with you! Let’s remember what Christmas is actually about and not what we’ve made it into.

Feel free to share about ways you have given in the past during the holidays? This is not about being boastful or prideful (this post is about our struggles in the past to give and how we are changing that now) this is about encouraging ourselves and others to give more this season. Would love to hear and would also be nice to get more ideas on how we can give of our money and time!

Here’s to giving a helping hand to our neighbors this Christmas!